Wolf Point Herald

New Rule Would Offer Tax Incentives To Landowners

The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission is seeking comment on a proposed rule that would offer tax incentives to private landowners who provide public access to state lands.

The proposed rule is in response to a new law that established the Unlocking State Lands Program.

Under the program, landowners can receive a $500 tax credit by providing public access to a parcel of state land through contractual agreements with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. A tax credit would be offered for each qualified access point, with a limit of $2,000 per year per landowner.

The law requires the commission to adopt administrative rules for establishing contracts that address duration of access, types of qualified access, and reasonable landowner-imposed restrictions.

The law becomes effective Jan. 1, 2014, and terminates Dec. 31, 2018.

Public comment on the draft rule will be accepted through Dec. 27.

Copies of the draft rule and comment forms are available online at fwp.mt.gov, click "Public Notices."

E-mail comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or mail to Alan Charles, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701.